Daniel Hicks of Red Jacket has invented an energy system that may bring hundreds of jobs to Southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky in the near future.
Green Line Energy was in planning stages until February 2015. It was then that Hicks built a small prototype that would give investors and interested parties a way to understand how it works and to prove that a small, high efficient, DC motor, rated at 3 HP, could produce enough hydraulic PSI to be able to run hydraulic motors at 3,600 rpm with a 3,000 PSI rating.
It is also able to produce enough force to run two generators and produce power from each one to power 80 percent of what the generators rated for.
Hicks began his adult life in his early 20’s when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1979. Following his time served in the Army he got a job with Ford Motor Company, who paid his way through college at Bowling Green University where he earned a degree in drafting design.
He later pursued a career in the coal mining industry where he worked as an electrician in numerous different coal mines in the area. His job as an electrician taught him, not only about electricity, but exactly how it works and gave him brilliant ideas on new ways to produce energy.
Because Hicks has lived and seen the decline in coal for energy and has watched thousands lose their jobs due to the decline, he decided that there was no better time than the present to put his ideas into motion and make his dream a reality.
Hicks was determined to invent something to produce energy in the way he had imagined. Something more efficient and clean and something that would allow laid off coal miners to stay here in W.Va. and Ky. and still be employed with a company that still produces energy.
“Displaced coal miners will operate the electrical end and they will still be energy producers, but this time they are in charge,” added Hicks.